Speaking Inquiries & Media Kit for Austin L. Church

Let’s stab people in the heart. Okay, that came out wrong. What I mean is that when I’m your guest on a podcast or speaker at your event, I connect with people at a heart level. I usually talk about three things: freelancing, branding, or balance (work-life, that is). One of my great joys is knowing a story, lesson learned, or even painful experience can help another person avoid my mistakes, accelerate progress, and have more joy.

Check out my bio and appalling lack of credentials below. For questions, needs, media inquiries, and booking, contact hello@austinlchurch.com.

PRESS INFO

The information below is intended to help event organizers, podcasts hosts, and media professionals. Feel free to copy and paste. If you have needs or questions, email hello@austinlchurch.com.

Bio

Austin L. Church is a writer, brand consultant, and online entrepreneur. After finishing his M.A. in Literature in 2008 and getting laid off from a marketing agency in 2009, Austin started freelancing. He got into iOS and Android apps and eventually sold his portfolio of 30+ apps. In 2013 he co-founded a tech startup called Closeup.fm (touring, ticketing, and communication software for performing artists). In 2018 he co-founded a branding and marketing studio called Balernum. In 2018 he co-founded a branding and marketing studio called Balernum. When Austin isn’t helping online creators and entrepreneurs build real brands and make a positive impact, he teaches freelance creatives how to have a record year doing their most joyful, profitable work. Austin, his wife Megan, and their three children live in Knoxville, Tennessee. You can learn more at AustinLChurch.com.

Sample Questions

Want to give your audience actionable advice for freelancing or branding? Feel free to ask these questions or use them to come up with your own.

Freelancing

Want to give your audience actionable advice for freelancing or branding? Feel free to ask these questions or use them to come up with your own.

  1. You majored in English twice and never took a business or marketing course. Share one or two early lessons that helped you succeed without a business or marketing background.
  2. What do you think separates the online creators and freelancers who get stuck on the feast-or-famine rollercoaster from the ones who build sustainable businesses?
  3. When you started working on Freelance Cake in 2019, there were already several popular online courses available. Why did you still decide to keep going and launch your course?
  4. You’re a big advocate of looking for principles and levers in business. Can you say more about the six P’s in the Freelance Cake framework?
  5. What advice would you give to freelancers and online creators who feel stuck?
  6. Okay, rapid-fire… give me 8-10 tips or tricks of the trade that will help freelancers attract high-paying clients.
  7. What is the one thing you want listeners to take away from this conversation?
  8. Where can people go to learn more about you and Freelance Cake?

Branding

  1. Your story is unusual. Tell me, how does a poet found a branding studio and become an entrepreneur?
  2. Why is the process of building a real brand still confusing to so many people, including successful business leaders?
  3. Why is having a brand important in the first place?
  4. What are some of the biggest mistakes you see founders and online creators make with their brands?
  5. If you had to pick just 2 or 3 pieces of their brands for online creators and entrepreneurs to focus on, what would those pieces be? Where should they get started?
  6. What frustrates you about the branding, marketing, and creative industry?
  7. What is the one thing you want listeners to take away from this conversation?
  8. Where can people go to learn more about you and Balernum?

More Information

Websites

Balernum.com (marketing and branding studio)
AustinLChurch.com (blog and paid coaching for freelancers)
Freelance Cake (business growth course for freelancers and consultants)
GrabblingBook.com (beautiful children’s book based on a true story)

Social Media

https://twitter.com/austinlchurch
https://www.linkedin.com/in/austinlchurch/
https://www.instagram.com/freelancecake/

Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, England
Lipscomb University

Location

From Nashville, Tennessee
Lives in Knoxville, Tennessee

Other Details

Age: 38
Married: Megan Church
Children: 3
Pets: None right now
Loves: Jesus, writing, fishing, running, bourbon, barbecue, travel, and cooking

Headshots

PODCAST APPEARANCES

Freelance Transformation

Side Hustle School (with Chris Guillebeau)

The Productivityist

Life Skills That Matter

Fearless Business

UI Breakfast

Live in the Feast

Deeper Life

Up My Influence

Production Ready

CONFERENCE TALKS

App Elite 2

TEDx Knoxville

Pecha Kucha

ConvergeSE

DYFConf Stockholm

DYF Conf Norfolk

MicroConf

Craft + Commerce (canceled due to COVID-19)

Maker City Summit

Podia Create Summit

GUEST POSTS

Upwork

Double Your Freelancing

Podia

ConvertKit

Better Marketing

Hacker Noon

The Startup

Mindful Entrepreneur

ART + marketing

Noteworthy – The Journal Blog